- Armando Salgeuro reports that the Dolphins reportedly were offering Long close to $8 million per year.
- Ed Werder reports that Long actually turned down a larger deal from a team other than the Dolphins to sign with the Rams.
- Jim Thomas reports that Long will receive a four-year deal that could reach as much as $36 million.
- Albert Breer tweets that the financial terms were similar between the Rams and Dolphins.
- Peter King adds that the deal was finalized as of 9:05 pm PT tonight.
Rams head coach Jeff Fishers was reportedly key in selling Long on St Louis. If these reports are accurate, Long should make close to $8 million annually.
This comes as a surprise given that numerous mentioned that Long was likely to return to the Dolphins. We’ll have to see if the Dolphins even came close to the Rams’ offer, but they have to disappointed that they weren’t able to get him re-signed.
We had him listed as the No. 2 best available player in our recently updated Top 50 Free Agents list.
Jason La Canfora reports that the buzz around the owners meetings in Arizona is that free agent OT Jake Long will end up returning to the Dolphins,
La Canfora adds that the Rams are “still in the hunt.“
While Long spent a number of days meeting with the Rams, recent indications have suggested that a return to Miami was the most likely scenario for one of the best remaining free agents. The offensive tackle market appears to be waiting for Long to sign before other players like Andre Smith, Sebastian Vollmer and Eric Winston to start generating some interest.
La Canfora also mentions that the Dolphins are continuing their attempt to get him re-signed. The Rams reportedly haven’t increased their offer in recent days to prevent him from reaching a deal with Miami.
Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland has reportedly been in contact with Long on Friday and the two sides are “trying to bridge the gap they’ve had in previous negotiations.”
Garafolo’s source added that Long was trying to surpass the contract handed out to Joe Thomas a few years ago, but has reportedly backed off of that stance.
- Jim Thomas reports that free agent OT Jake Long is scheduled to leave St Louis this afternoon without a deal in place. Long has spent the last three days visiting with the Rams, but Thomas adds that “multiple teams” are showing interest in Long at this point.
The Dolphins reportedly are making a “strong push” to retain him, so there’s a chance he could meet with them next. We’re still waiting to hear who else is interested.
Long has spent nearly the entire free agency period meeting with the Rams. Long has reportedly received an offer from St Louis, but there have been signs that he may favor Dolphins with all things being equal.
Miami has been very aggressive thus far when it comes to free agents they want and it would make a good deal of sense for them to retain Long versus sliding second-year tackle Jonathan Martin to the left side in the hope he can handle the blindside.
Bernie Miklasz reports that things remain in a “holding pattern” regarding free agent OT Jake Long and the St Louis Rams.
Miklasz adds that contract figures have been exchanged, but the Rams are still waiting to hear back from Long and his reps.
It’s been stunning to see how slow things have developed regarding Long and the Rams. The Dolphins are still reportedly to have interest, but there’s he could be signed in the near future.
Rapoport mentions that there could be a resolution in the near future and adds that St Louis has already cleared him medically.
Long has been meeting with the Rams since yesterday, and many believed that the holdout up was related to the physical he was taking.
The Dolphins reportedly would like to retain Long, but it sounds like they could already be out of the picture.
The Dolphins are also reportedly interested in Long, but the Bears are no longer in the picture. Philadelphia could show interest as well, but they appear to be staying away from pricey free agents so far.
The Colts, Bears and Vikings have already signed offensive tackles in the first few hours of free agency, so it would probably be in Long’s best interest to make his rounds with the intention of coming to a decision quickly before some of the other tackles sign.